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Updated Jul 3, 2014

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2.7 91 reviews

69% Approve of the CEO

ProBuild CEO Robert Marchbank

Robert Marchbank

(29 ratings)

35% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The compensation and benefits offered here are extremely generous(in 3 reviews)

  • Flexibility for a work/life balance(in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management does not take the time to learn who their employees are(in 4 reviews)

  • Strategy and tactics from the parent company Fidelity don't mesh with the industry and local ProBuild leadership is not able to say "No"(in 3 reviews)

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    Very dissapointed employee of 14 yrs

    Lumberyard (Current Employee) Lakeview, OR

    ProsI honestly can not think of any since probuild took over what used to be lumbermans 5 yrs ago

    ConsNo raises in 5 yrs since it became probuild,no more bonuses, unprofessional manager, no incentives at all anymore,like employee of the quarter,perfect attendance,ect. I have worked for what use to be lumbermans and is not probuild for almost 14 yrs and in the last 5 yrs since probuild took over i have watched alot of changes take place that have diminished the employees self esteem. I have not called in sick in 5 yrs and work out in the yard have since day one and am only making a lousy 11.70 an hr with no raise for the last 5 yrs. I would like someone to justify this to me.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNo raises in 5 yrs since it became probuild,no more bonuses, unprofessional manager, no incentives at all anymore,like employee of the quarter,perfect attendance,ect. I have worked for what use to be lumbermans and is not probuild for almost 14 yrs and in the last 5 yrs since probuild took over i have watched alot of changes take place that have diminished the employees self esteem. I have not called in sick in 5 yrs and work out in the yard have since day one and am only making a lousy 11.70 an hr with no raise for the last 5 yrs. I would like someone to justify this to me.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Misfit

    Component Tech (Former Employee) Milton, FL

    ProsThey do keep a lot of work due to large sale force.

    ConsAbundance of dissension among employees. If you are an employee for this company you need to watch your back because you may find yourself becoming someones scapegoat. If you are an outsider you may be judged the moment you walk through the door. They also take advantage of hardworking employees, continually working them into the ground.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBetter manage the talents of employees and coordinate them appropriately. For a company that is so large you would think they would have the resources to better train employees that may have limited experience in a particular position.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Constant change, no training, poor leadership

    Purchasing Manager (Current Employee) Denver, CO

    ProsWorking here gives you experience on what NOT to do as a department manager/director. If you like change, they have plenty of it with very little employee retention.

    ConsLow pay. Management is too busy covering their tails to help develop the skills/training of their subordinates. Management (supervisor, manager, director) positions are typically held less than 18 months per person.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrain and develop your staff. Develop a department action plan and instead of scrapping it and starting fresh every four months, work out the kinks and move forward.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to work

    Loadbuilder (Current Employee) Lees Summit, MO

    ProsGood group of employees, respectful work atmosphere, all in all a good place to work.

    ConsHourly pay could be higher

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    In need of vision, but opportunities exist

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Denver, CO

    Pros-Lots of things to accomplish yet - so plenty of interesting work to do
    -housing industry will come roaring back some day
    -good CEO in place finally after a couple years of leadership turmoil

    Cons-mission, vision and corporate direction still being formed. Therefore no collective vision for everyone to work towards
    -IT operations can be painful to work with
    -lack of standard processes in the field drives inefficiencies

    Advice to Senior ManagementDefine the goals and vision for the company and align all activities to those goals

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    It's ok, but the future is uncertain.

    Outside Sales Representative (Current Employee) Atlanta, GA

    ProsCompetitive compensation. You work for a large company that has a lot of buying power and has obtained a big presence in the market.

    ConsIt's a very large corporate structure, and with that comes a definite bureaucracy. It can be very difficult to know who is responsible for certain functions. It can be very easy to be passed off to another person or department when it's perceived that your problem is not their job.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    They didn't really seem to know what they were doing.

    Inside Sales for ProBuild (Current Employee) Yorkville, IL

    ProsA large, nationwide company with lots of opportunities. They have an established presence in most major markets. Owned by Fidelity.

    ConsThey did not seem to have any type of plan on how to expand into different markets. When merging all their acquisitions into one entity, instead of taking the best of each company and combining that, they used whatever the largest existing company did.

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    Company Unsure of Direction

    Project Manager (Former Employee) Denver, CO

    ProsGood people in a changing environment. The company has tremendous potential. They want to change the building materials industry and have the mass to do it.

    ConsConstantly changing leadership. Strategy and tactics from the parent company Fidelity don't mesh with the industry and local ProBuild leadership is not able to say "No". They don't understand how to implement change. They play with concepts such as "Green" but don't live or believe it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSet a course that makes sense for the industry. Build the passion. Inspire the field to join in.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The best company i've ever worked for...

    Field Improvement Specialist (Former Employee) Denver, CO

    ProsUnder the new CEO, positive changes have been made to run the organization more efficiently and effectively.

    ConsThe downturn in the housing market makes work more difficult.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake care of your employees. Without them, you don't have a job.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great job except for constant fear of being laid off

    IT Project Coordinator (Former Employee) Denver, CO

    ProsExcellent and knowledgable people, great team

    ConsNo solid direction and very little concrete guidance from managment

    Advice to Senior ManagementSenior management need to create a plan and stick to it

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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